Women's Lightweight 4+ Finishes 13th at Head of the Charles Regatta

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- The Willamette University women's lightweight 4+ crew finished in 13 place at the Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday, Oct. 19 on the Charles River. The Women's Collegiate 4+ race was an open event, which featured collegiate crews, collegiate club teams and non-collegiate rowing clubs.

The race featured 14 entries, with the Brock University Rowing Club taking first place in 18:34.877. Second place went to the Undine Barge Club in 19:25.860. About four seconds back in third place was the crew from Community Rowing, Inc. at 19:20.181. Willamette's time was 20:58.115.

Willamette's lightweight 4+ included stroke Larissa Stiglich (Fr., Vancouver, WA/University of Washington), three-seat Erica Soma (So., Scotts Valley, CA/Scott Valley HS), two-seat Kara Hafkey (So., Hillsboro, OR/Glencoe HS) and bow Leslie Schultz (So., South Pasadena, CA/South Pasadena HS). The coxswain was Ilana Greenslade (So., Kennewick, WA/Kamiakin HS).

The WL4+ was the third event involving Willamette at this year's Head of the Charles Regatta. On Saturday, WU took 11th place out of 34 entries in the Women's Collegiate 4+ and finished 21st out of 31 entries in the Men's Collegiate 4+.

The Head of the Charles Regatta is the world’s largest two-day rowing event. It began in 1965 and was established by Cambridge Boat Club members along with the rowing instructor at Harvard University.

As with other “Head Races,” the HOCR features three-mile events with teams in each category starting sequentially about 20 seconds apart. Winners receive the honorary title of "Head of the Charles." This year, more than 7,500 athletes were scheduled to participate in 52 events, including master's, collegiate, club and youth races.

The HOCR became a two-day event in 1997. It typically attracts up to 300,000 spectators along the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass.

Erica Soma competed in her second Head of the Charles Regatta. She was the coxswain when WU took fifth in the Women's Collegiate 4+ in 2007.

Erica Soma competed in her second Head of the Charles Regatta. She was the coxswain when WU took fifth in the Women's Collegiate 4+ in 2007.